The last Saturday of every month is open-mic night at Negative Space. But yesterday, the last Saturday of July, was special. In addition to open-mic night, there was also the opening of a new exhibit. The new exhibit is called “The Living and the Growing,” and it features the work of Bianca Fields. She is a Cleveland-based artist, and this is her second show at Negative Space.
“It explores the relationship between humans and nature,” Fields said. “It was inspired by people I know personally, and it shows different stages of growth, mentally and physically. Nature is very honest to me and helps me understand my process of growth every day.”
The night opened with the unveiling of the new exhibit. Then a duo called Unruly Blu took the stage. The group features a drummer and an electric guitarist/singer. They performed six songs, including four originals, and they were really terrific! Their music has a bluesy edge to it, and both band members are great musicians.
After their performance, Bianca Fields talked and gave a shout-out to Gadi Zamir, the artist who created Negative Space, and she thanked everyone for coming out. And, in fact, there was a huge audience at the gallery. It was the largest I have ever seen there!
After Fields thanked everyone, Numu took the stage. She is a visual artist and a performing artist. And she is going to be the gallery’s featured artist next month. Her exhibit will be opening on August 27. She did an a-cappella version of Christina Aguilera’s song “Beautiful.”
Another young woman singer took the stage next. She goes by the name Zenith, and she also sang a cappella. Her performance was an original The song about why she had to move. Zenith was followed by Ariel, who, like most of the evening’s performers, is a friend of Bianca’s. She played acoustic guitar and sang, and sounded really excellent! After her performance, Bianca came back onstage and gave some flowers to Ariel.
Then another friend of Bianca’s took the stage. Her name was Anointyd, and she also did a-cappella vocals.
After Anointyd, Gary Lee took the stage. He is a great Cleveland musician, and he frequently takes part in the open mics at the gallery. He opened his set with a version of the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields, but this time it was “Bianca Fields”! He changed the words of the Beatles’ song to honor the artist! He went on to play a few more songs, all of which were originals.
Lee was followed by a poet called Urban Cowboy Poet, and then the different performers kept taking the stage.
It was a really great night! As I said, the gallery was packed with people, and many of the performers were also friends of the featured artist. Tremendous!